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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has been announced as the 2018/2019 UEFA Men's Player Of the Year, beating out competition from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Click through the gallery to see all the award winners.

The Dutchman played a starring role as the Premier League outfit secured their sixth Champions League title, where they beat the likes of Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona along the way.

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The 28-year-old walked away with two awards on the night after scooping the Defender of the Season award.

Van Dijk was not the only Liverpool to pick up an award as Alisson Becker claimed the Goalkeeper of the Season accolade.

New Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong was named Midfielder of the Season following his impressive showing for Ajax Amsterdam last season.

All Award winners:

UEFA Men's Player of The Year: Virgil van Dijk

UEFA Women's Player Of The Year: Lucy Bronze

Goalkeeper of the Season: Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

Defender of the Season: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Midfielder of the Season: Frenkie de Jong (Ajax Amsterdam)

Forward of the Season: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)